black cherry


noun

a North American cherry, Prunus serotina, having drooping clusters of fragrant white flowers and bearing a black, sour, edible fruit.
the fruit itself.
the hard, reddish-brown wood of this tree, used for making furniture.

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Origin of black cherry

An Americanism dating back to 1720–30
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Example sentences from the Web for black cherry

  • Utterly regardless of property rights, she showed Yan how to chip off the bark of the 77 Black-cherry.

    Two Little Savages|Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Jimmy Phœbus shouted, with one of his Greek paroxysms of temper on, as his dark skin and black-cherry eyes flamed volcanic.

    The Entailed Hat|George Alfred Townsend
  • Choke-cherry ain't no good; but Black-cherry bark's awful good for lung complaint.

    Two Little Savages|Ernest Thompson Seton